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Real estate boom during pandemic leaves agents scrambling

Bernadette La CasseWendy HoggeBarry Nachman

A boom in the real estate market has real estate agents scrambling to keep up with the demand for single family homes.Bernadette La Casse, broker/realtor with IsaBell K. Horsley Real Estate in Mathews, said she hasn’t seen anything like it during the six years she’s been in the business, and even the old timers haven’t experienced a market like the current one.

“It’s unprecedented,” she said. “There is zero inventory. We’re asking people to sell. Now is the time.”

Broker Wendy Hogge of Hogge Realty in Gloucester, with 30 years of experience, echoed La Casse’s sentiments.

“As soon as you list a house, it’s sold,” she said. “There’s such a lack of inventory that agents all the way from Virginia Beach and Chesapeake are coming to Gloucester to show houses.”

One thing keeping inventory low, said Hogge, is that people are reluctant to put their houses on the market because they don’t want them shown during a pandemic.

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